Random Scatter…Wedge to Boston?October 20th, 2011 by terrybenish
How good is Mike Napoli?
I spent a bit of time cataloging both leagues which is not something I usually do, but I did none the less, and given that he is a catcher and not sleeping out in right field for example, he might be the best player in baseball right now. Second best offensively behind Jose Bautista and playing the most demanding position physically game to game and endurance wise over the course of the season he was only incrementally behind Bautista. An OPS of 1.044.
How good is Mike Napoli? Clearly way, far better than the Angels thought. Is there a Mike Scioscia ego issue showing up? I remember him playing and to coin a phrase, he was no Mike Napoli. How do you let him go? To clear space for Vernon Wells? No wonder Tony Reagins was let go. Just an abysmal talent evaluation.
How could you miss by so much. Using the same OPS measure across both leagues, Ichiro with his .647 OPS was the 346th best player in major league baseball, just ahead of Miguel Olivo. Mike Napoli makes $5.8 million a year. Ichiro makes $18 million more than three times Napoli, how could two organizations miss by so very much.
Wedge to Boston, talk won’t go away. Probably a better career move than life in Fredonia.
Arizona Fall League update: Danny Hultzen goes his first four professional innings does not give up a hit, but as has been noted elsewhere, quite a few balls were hit hard hard but caught. Franklin and Moore are scuffling with the bat. I think the goal for Moore is to see if he can play without getting hurt, then see if he can recapture some magic with his bat. Chih-Hsien Chiang is hitting .364 with a couple of doubles and one triple thrown in. he was part of the Bedard deal coming in from Boston.
Clearly, though Forrest Snow is the shocking revelation of the league so far with eight and 1/3 inning pitched, one (1) hit, one (1) walk and ten (10) strike outs.